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NM to keep administering high-risk insurance pool

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of New Mexico regulators has voted to continue coverage for more than 1,500 people who are part of a federal high-risk health insurance pool despite a likely shortfall in payments from the federal government. The state board that oversees the pool voted unanimously Friday to continue coverage for [&hellip...

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Lovington hospital plans $16M expansion

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Nor-Lea Hospital in southeastern New Mexico are planning another expansion that will include a new clinic, more parking and possibly apartments and senior living facilities. The Lovington hospital completed an $18 million...

NM businessman accused of selling elephant tusks

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe businessman is in trouble with federal authorities for allegedly selling two African elephant tusks. The U.S. Department of Justice says a grand jury in Pensacola, Fla., indicted Charles Kokesh this week on three counts,...

Albuquerque officer fired for off-duty fight

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz has fired an officer who allegedly beat a man unconscious during an off-duty fight. The department announced that officer Joe Moreno was terminated on Friday. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Man found at NM motel died from blunt force trauma

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a man found dead inside a Fort Sumner motel last weekend died from blunt force trauma. They have been investigating the death of 21-year-old Anthony Sandoval since De Baca County Sheriff’s deputies...

Albuquerque officer involved in fatal crash fired

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police officer facing criminal charges for a February crash that killed a 21-year-old woman has been fired, Police Chief Ray Schultz said Friday. Schultz said Sgt. Adam Casaus was terminated after an internal probe...

UNM revokes frat’s charter over conduct violations

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has revoked the charter of a fraternity over several violations of the student code of conduct. School officials made the announcement Friday concerning Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which had been suspended...

NM senators want expanded hours for port of entry

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s U.S. senators are asking the federal government for 24-hour daily operation of a port of entry at Santa Teresa, along the international border with Mexico. Democratic Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter...

Smoke, dust and humidity produce Albuquerque haze

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A combination of wildfire smoke, dust from windy conditions and higher humidity is combining to produce haze and poor air quality in Albuquerque and areas north and south of the city. Albuquerque issued a health alert for poor air...

High winds damage roof of VFW hall in Carlsbad

May 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A 47-mph wind gust peeled back part of the metal roof on a VFW hall in Carlsbad. About 120 people were playing bingo inside the hall at the time of Thursday night’s storm and all escaped unharmed, although many were shaken by the...